Lampard confirmed as new Derby manager
LONDON • Former England midfielder Frank Lampard is taking his first step into management by taking the reins at Derby County, the Championship club announced yesterday.
The 39-year-old has signed a three-year contract at the second-tier English outfit. Derby have been looking for a new manager since Gary Rowett was lured away by Stoke, relegated from the Premier League last season.
Egypt hopeful of Russia role for Salah
CAIRO • Mohamed Salah could still play a role for Egypt at the World Cup after the Egyptian Football Association announced on Wednesday that the injured forward would be out for "not more" than three weeks.
A full three-week absence would likely keep Salah out of action until at least June 17, meaning he would miss Egypt's opening fixture in Group A against Uruguay on June 15.
They then face Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.
Japan coach names strong squad for Cup
TOKYO • Japan head coach Akira Nishino yesterday named an experienced final 23-man squad for the World Cup, with 11 players who featured in Brazil in 2014.
The players cut from the original 27-man squad were forward Takuma Asano and midfielders Yosuke Ideguchi and Kento Misao, while another midfielder, Toshihiro Aoyama, had already pulled out through injury.
Peru skipper to play as doping ban lifted
ZURICH • Peru captain Paolo Guerrero was cleared to play at the World Cup after a Swiss court yesterday agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension while it considered his appeal against a 14-month ban.
The Swiss Federal Tribunal said in a statement that the 34-year-old would suffer "if he saw himself prevented from participating in a competition that will be the culmination of his career".
Everton appoint Silva to replace Allardyce
LONDON • Everton have appointed Marco Silva as their new manager, with the 40-year-old's commitment to "attractive, attacking football" convincing the Premier League club he is the right man to replace Sam Allardyce.
The Portuguese signed a three-year contract yesterday, having been the first choice of major shareholder Farhad Moshiri to succeed former England manager Allardyce since his sacking just over a fortnight ago.